berntholer (1581) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
no head. amber colour. aroma is sweet, vanilla, bourbon. taste is syrupy and like aroma. dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle from box, thaks Luscious Loines 4FS
Pours a hazy orange, pretty much flat.
The aroma is rich & malty... toffee, pipe tobacco, some cooked fruit, & mild bourbon... Itís oxidized, itís really very noticeably oxidized, very sherry like... I actually think it works with everything else going on here, but I think maybe this bottle could have been lifeless had we opened it much later.
The flavor is a bit like a cream sherry in as much as it has the rich & oxidized character of an oloroso but the bit raisin character of PX. Itís plenty sweet with Cavendish tobacco notes, raisin & cherry fruitiness, & plenty of toffee, licorice & bourbon. Again, itís totally oxidized and my instinct is to dismiss it as simply such, but Iíve got to say that this is the most sherry like beer Iíve ever had in a very pleasant way, it kept me sipping and swirling and going back for more, it was simply delicious in spite of itís state.
Not a shelf beer 4FS
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a cloudy brown with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze and oak. Medium mouthfeel with rich malt and booze upfront, light candy sugar and boozy finish. Very good.
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12oz bottle. Little carbonation. A bit syrupy. Smooth, very distinct bourbon barrel flavor. Finish is of alcohol and ripe plum.
Brentv (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 Bottle pour. Murky orange brown. No head. No lacing. Big aroma of bourbon and caramel and oak. Flavor the same - very sweet, and very complex. Lots to love here. No carbonation at all. Medium mouthfeel. I have loved everything I have had at the brewery but the bottles are nearly or completely flat. This beer has such an excellent flavor, but it needs some carbonation. Update: I tried the second of the 2013 Bourbon Fred tonight. Still flat. I sure wish HotD could get the carbonation right.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh (2013) bottle sampled Jan 2014. From HOTD in Portland
Pours without head into my tulip glass. Pours like dark cloudy unflitered cider. Big boozy aroma: alcohol and wood, vanilla and Christmas bread and caramel corn. The alcohol is forward in the flavor as well. Rich sweet brown sugars drizzled over baked apples. Golden grahams. Maple sugar. Tobacco later, pine, wood, but always coming back to the bourbon. Mouthfeel is full and hot, nearly flat.
Iím glad to have had the chance to try this one, but Iím not blown out of my seat. Holly loves it, but sheís not trying to drink a full bottle. I think I prefer the base beer to this particular instantiation. Still I may be lowballing a bit at 3.7. I think this is an example of a beer that needs a couple of years to settle down. With two more in the cellar, weíll find out in 2015.
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but a little boozy. The aroma is straight up bourbon and wood. It was a pretty copperish color with no head. Smooth and oily mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Strong bourbon and caramel flavors. Some sweetness with a lot of complex malts and sugars to follow. Very little hops presence. My only critique is that the bourbon strength took away from the overall character. Still good though.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chill bottled offering courtesy tossed by Pantanap. Apple cider notes. Soft apple bourbon. Apple brandy. Sweet toffee. Soft warming booze. Low carb. Flavors meld together nicely. Some lifting involved.
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the source shared at the family Xmas gathering, thanks STEVE! Pours a muddy browish tan with a white head. Aroma has vanilla and sweet malts, with bourbon. And bourbon. Taste is sweet butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and some caramel. Quite alcoholly. Medium bodied and cloying. Finishes sweetly bourbon-y. Will be interested to try regular Fred and Fred from the Wood after this.
VastActiv (5717) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is murky dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Hints of bourbon, sweetness, fruits, wood and malts. Again very soft beer from Hair of the Dog.